Chronic Pain, Part 2: Treating the Nervous System

A women sets needles into a patient's leg while patient reclines with closed eyes in a recliner. Another patient sleeps in another in the background.
Dec 28 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

A common, but awful, saying is that “the pain is all in your head.” The saying implies that it’s not real, that you’re making it up to get attention, which isn’t true. Yes, pain is located in your head, within your brain, and it’s very real. How your brain and nervous system process information has a huge impact on how much you hurt, and for how long. At GCA we believe you when you say it hurts, and we can treat you for that pain whether it is due to a current injury,or something more long-term and complex.

Community Acupuncture During “The Holidays”

A seated practitioner works on a patient's feet while the patient relines in a lazyboy; several other people sleep in recliners in the background.
Dec 05 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Not everyone celebrates this time of the year. And the holidays can be incredibly isolating, especially at a time when family, celebration, and joy take centre stage in media, in stores, at work, and in our social circles. Even people who do enjoy this time of year often report feeling quite stressed in December. Community acupuncture can help.

Multiple Sclerosis

Treatment room full of patients seated or reclined under red blankets in lazyboys. Standing practitioner covering patient with red blanket.
Nov 15 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Community acupuncture can help with many of the common symptoms of MS, including chronic pain, trouble walking and/or “drop foot”, deep fatigue, muscle weakness and spasms, numbness and tingling, depression, and problems with focus and memory.

Community Acupuncture for Trauma Recovery

9 recliners in a semi-circle, each with a patient resting under red blankets. Practioner seated on a small black stool giving a treatment to one patient.
Oct 14 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Acupuncture is an excellent non-verbal therapy for the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Injury; you don’t have to tell us any details of the trauma in order to get help with its impacts.

Memory Loss

In a large room with natural lighting, a semi-circle of patients reclining in lazyboys, covered with red blankets. On the far right, a pracitioner bends over to set needles for a patient.
Sep 29 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Forgetfulness and memory loss are quite common complaints in clinic, and we regularly use acupuncture to support memory …

Community Acupuncture After Childbirth

A row of three people reclining in lazyboys, covered with red blankets, with a practitioner seated on a stool glancing down at an acupuncture needle in her hand.
Sep 13 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

The body goes through huge changes following the birth of a baby. Post-partum challenges often include postpartum depression as well as digestive issues, inconsistent milk supply and exhaustion. Acupuncture can help with all of these things.

Perimenopause & Menopause

Four patients sleeping in recliners in a softly lit room with a practitioner bending over a patient on the far right side.
Aug 30 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

by Stef Cordes and Lisa Baird Menopause is usually a completely natural process, but it can come with it’s fair-share of uncomfortable symptoms. Hot flashes, […]

While Waiting for Hip or Knee Replacement …

A practitioner sets a needle into a patient's wrist as the patient reclines in a lazyboy. Two other sleeping patients are visible in the background.
Aug 11 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Wait lists for knee or hip replacement surgery are very long! Acupuncture can help with the pain while you’re waiting. Even people who have told us “it’s bone-on-bone in there,” i.e. even people with extreme breakdown of joint cartilage, have reported significant and lasting pain relief as well as improved mobility.

Relief from Headaches and Migraines

9 recliners in a semi-circle, each with a patient resting under red blankets. Practioner seated on a small black stool giving a treatment to one patient.
Jul 05 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

We treat headaches almost every day, and we have seen acupuncture help with all kinds of headaches. People sometimes get immediate relief in our chairs and are able to take a nap while the needles do their work. We regularly successfully treat headaches for people who “have tried everything.”

Crying and Community Acupuncture: Tears in the Treatment Room

Four acupuncture patients reclining in a softly lit room, practitioner standing to the right tending to a patient.
Jun 15 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Not only is it fine with us when patient cry during treatment, we also tend to see it as a good thing when someone gets the physical & emotional release of tears along with the acupuncture, for a few reasons …

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